WONERSH
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WONERSH CRICKET CLUB Before   WW2,   the   grounds   of   what   was   then   known   as   the   Wonersh   Victoria   Cricket   Club   were   sited   close   to   Great   Tangley   Manor.      During   a speech   at   the   annual   dinner   held   at   The   Grantley   Arms   in   1891,   it   was   noted   that   the   Club   had   not   won   as   many   matches   as   they   could have   wished   and   that   perhaps   they   would   next   year   see   if   they   could   not   have   rather   fewer   matches,   and   try   to   win   more ”,   which   at   the   time must   have   seemed   like   a   cunning   plan.      It   was   also   mentioned   that,   perhaps   because   they   were   such   extremely   good   players,   they   were   better on a fast wicket whereas that year it had been a very dead wicket”  - a comment that to the members’ credit drew some laughter. Speeches   continued   in   a   somewhat   self-congratulatory   vein   including   a   remark   that   the   whole   of   the   matches   played   on   the   Wonersh   ground had   been   played   with   the   admirable   good   temper,   good   feeling   and   good   behavior   on   the   part   of   all.      And   the   persons   who   came   to   witness   the matches heard nothing that could offend the most fastidious ”.  Behaviour no doubt continued by the Club to this day. Click on photographs to enlarge (All photos above courtesty of Mic Coleman) The   current   ground   was   created   in   1952   as   a   memorial   to   those   who   fell   in   the Second   World   War.      It   took   two   years   and   £1800   to   prepare   the   ground   from what   was   then   marshland.      Mr   Percy   M   Rees,    the   Chairman   of   Wonersh   Parish Council,   bowled   the   first   ball   of   the   opening   match   between   Wonersh   (captained by G Butcher) and Bramley (captained by C Durrant). The   batsman   in   this   photograph   is   Ivor   Williams   who   was   then   a   teacher   at Shalford School. The   first   pavilion   on   the   site   was   built   in   1959   and   the   current   pavilion   in   1999   to celebrate the Millenium.